April 14, 2014

Perry, Finigan Power Softball to Important 5-1 Divisional Win vs. Bentley Monday

SOPHOMORE ALEXIS PERRY FANS FOUR OVER 5 1/3 IP TO LEAD WARRIORS TO KEY WIN MONDAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Backed by an impressive start on the mound by sophomore Alexis Perry (Westford, Vt.) and a timely two-RBI double from rookie Kaleigh Finigan (Medford, Mass.), the Merrimack College softball team moved into fourth place in the Northeast Division thanks to a 5-1 home victory against rival Bentley on Monday afternoon at the Warrior Softball Diamond.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 5,
Bentley 1
Records: Merrimack (14-16, 7-5 NE-10)
| Bentley (13-12, 7-8 NE-10)
Location:
Warrior Softball Diamond | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
Aside from a solo home run yielded in the top of the third inning, Perry gave the Warriors plenty of support from the mound on Monday while her offense capitalized on a pair of Bentley miscues to build an early lead before Finigan put the game out of reach with a key double in the bottom of the sixth.

Merrimack took a 2-0 lead thanks to a fielding error with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second followed by a dropped third strike before the Falcons cut the deficit to one on a solo homer to lead off the third.

That, however, was the only damage Perry – or any Merrimack pitcher – would yield, as the sophomore right-hander was at her best, striking out four with seven hits and just one walk surrendered to improve to 7-6 on the year.

Merrimack benefitted from another Bentley error in the bottom of the fifth, as senior Kelsey Francher (Weare, N.H.) drove in a run on a groundout after an error prolonged the inning to make it a 3-1 advantage.

With the Falcons threatening in the sixth, Perry gave the ball to freshman teammate Haley Currie (Burlington, Mass.), who worked around a one-out, two-on situation that became a bases-loaded, two-out jam to keep the Warriors in front. Then, with two in scoring position, Finigan smashed a double to straightaway center that plated a pair and pumped Merrimack's lead to four.

Currie would work around a single in the seventh to notch her third save of the year and push Merrimack into the fourth and final playoff spot in the Northeast Division with two weeks to play.

Inside The Numbers

  • Merrimack finished 6-for-26 (.230) at the plate on the day, with Finigan's double counting as the only extra-base hit
  • Both sides stranded eight runners while both pitching staffs struck out seven
  • Sophomore Brittany Razo (Anaheim, Calif.) finished with the only stolen base on the day for the Warriors while junior Lindsay Gibbs (Acton, Mass.) came up with a huge throw-out to end a Bentley scoring threat earlier in the game

Up Next
Merrimack will enjoy an off day Tuesday before hosting Stonehill for a two-game set on Wednesday (April 16) at the Warrior Softball Diamond. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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